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Policy and Planning

Home Forward is committed to evaluating and changing policy to support our mission, values, and to advance racial equity. Since 2022, we have taken on major policy changes and strategic initiatives.

Screening Criteria – Reducing criminal background screening factors for people who apply to Home Forward-owned properties. 

Rent Assistance Termination Policy – A workgroup centering resident and program participants developed the policy change recommendations we implemented to promote housing stability. This policy impacts when Home Forward terminates a household’s rent assistance. 

Eviction Prevention – With the help of local and state partners, Home Forward is administering resources to residents at Home Forward properties who have rent debt from the COVID-19 global pandemic. We alleviated all rent debt that accumulated between March 1, 2020 and July 31, 2022. To further this strategic priority, Home Forward also adopted a non-payment of rent policy to promote residents’ housing stability. 

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Read our policy for how we evaluate and change policy as an agency. And stay tuned as we work to develop a robust policy change agenda for  2023!

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Attention residents

As some of you may have heard, on August 20th 2023 the Portland Water Bureau’s regular testing of water quality detected small amounts of the bacteria Cryptosporidium. Since learning of this, Home Forward staff has been in contact with the Portland Water Bureau.

We have been assured that healthy individuals can and should continue using water as normal.

If you are immunocompromised or are taking an immunosuppressive drug, you can kill any potential cryptosporidium bacteria by boiling your water for 1 minute before consuming.

  • If you are boiling the water to drink, let the water cool.
  • Iodine and Chlorine do not kill this bacteria, and to treat for potential bacteria you should boil the water.
  • If you have questions please reach out to your property manager or resident services coordinator.

Please visit the Center for Disease Control website to get additional information.